It’s been an absolute frenzy today with the news breaking that three Kentucky players were listed in the FBI’s documents. It was first reported by Yahoo!, and now everyone in the country is talking about what’s going on.
There were dozens of schools listed, including Duke, North Carolina, and Kansas. All of basketballs blue bloods are currently sweating buckets as they await in anticipation to see how all of this plays out.
Before we get into what everyone is saying about Kentucky, here’s exactly what’s going on.
Kevin Knox had dinner with an agent that payed for the meal. This is minor, and Kevin’s dad has spoken out against this claiming it never happened.
Nerlens’ Noel received a loan of roughly $4,000, but this was after his season at Kentucky. This could potentially impact UK, but it shouldn’t harm the school in any way.
Bam is the worst case scenario. While he was in high school, it’s reported that he accepted either $12,500 or $36,000 from ASM. The real key is when exactly did he accept that loan, was it before or after Kentucky signed him? More details to come.
Here’s what everyone’s saying:
Interesting that several players have come out and disputed their involvement with Christian Dawkins. Worth noting, Dawkins isn't the most trustworthy person - he once got fired for running up $42,000 in fake uber charges. FAKE UBER CHARGES! https://t.co/It7UhjsttG— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) February 23, 2018
Christian Dawkins of ASM is alleged to have had a meal with Kevin Knox, but based on his history, Dawkins isn’t someone to trust.
Bam Adebayo’s High School coach says as far as he knows Bam took no money and all will be understood “when the truth comes out”: https://t.co/mBXBh2bjyD— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 23, 2018
“According to documents seized by the FBI, Bam Adebayo received payments of $12,000 and $36,500 from ASM Sports. Jerry Tipton spoke to Bam’s high school coach Brandon Clifford, who spoke to the Miami Heat rookie this morning and denied knowledge of any wrongdoing.
“As far as I know, Bam has never taken a dime from anybody,” said Clifford. “He committed himself to doing things the right way.”
Calipari: "I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates. Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete." https://t.co/kZPqTEbKvB— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 23, 2018
“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Calipari said of the agent outlined in federal documents. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”
John Calipari updates Kevin Knox's status for tomorrow's game. https://t.co/eeEaOBTrEl— Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) February 23, 2018
“We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and our league office,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. “We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment.”
Let’s say UK cooperates and this is it and it’s all true.— T.J. Walker (@TWalkerRivals) February 23, 2018
UK would vacate 13 and 17 seasons. UK would have to decide whether to keep playing Knox or not although he’s not mentioned tied to any money.
Could get probation, recruiting restrictions and one postseason ban. https://t.co/adXhgBjOqJ
This is the absolute worst case scenario for the University of Kentucky. Probation and a postseason ban may be a little extreme, but nothing surprises me anymore in relation to the NCAA.
My first reaction to the news this morning, after "this could be bad," was...no Final Fours, no titles during the seasons relevant to UK.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 23, 2018
If you’re a person that likes to look on the positive side of things, then what Justin Rowland said in this tweet should give you some peace of mind. Luckily, all of the players involved have nothing to do with any of the recent final four/championship seasons.
If the spreadsheet is correct, In terms of UK’s ultimate liability on Bam thing, it likely will come down to whether UK was involved in the transaction as UL was.— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 23, 2018
Bam is a very tricky situation. As I said earlier, he has the potential to be the worst possible outcome for UK. If he received that money after he signed with UK, expect last year to be vacated.
Well, he might've said, "Yeah, we had dinner and paid for ourselves, and that isn't a violation." Or, "He bought us a $75 dinner that we had to pay back and Kevin will sit out a couple games." But he didn't say those possible things. So I've reported what he did say. https://t.co/Vb4JI6TMn8— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 23, 2018
Kevin Knox should be fine. As long as he pays back the dollar amount of the dinner that was paid for, he’ll be cleared of any and all charges. Besides, the NCAA have much bigger fish to fry with this situation.
Per Heat, Bam Adebayo will not comment on NCAA probe/Yahoo report.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 23, 2018
This is the right play, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good look. With Bam staying silent, that almost certainly means that he did receive a large sum of money. This will be interesting to see play out as the season goes on.
The only thing for sure right now in college basketball? Nothing's for sure.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 23, 2018
Jon put it perfectly. No one knows what’s going to come of this. The NCAA, all of the schools involved, and each player has no idea what’s going to happen next. It’s a dark time in College Basketball.
Freaking Creighton was named in that document. Creighton.— James Streble (@JStreble82) February 23, 2018
No one is safe!
Rex Chapman has never been one to shy away from controversy, and he’s always had a disdain for the NCAA. Point is, there’s a lot of problems and the future is bleak for all of college sports, not just basketball.
Dakich's reporting that Kevin Knox's dinner tab was 50 million dollars.— Michael Da Prof of Biz (@MRudolphComedy) February 23, 2018
All in all, it’s going to be an interesting next few hours, and next few weeks. As we get more information, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on this entire situation.
How do you see this playing out? Let us know in the comments!